Diane Mehta was born in Frankfurt, grew up in Bombay and New Jersey, and lives in New York City. Her second poetry collection, Tiny Extravaganzas, comes out from Arrowsmith Press in 2023 and her novel, Leaving Malabar Hill, comes out with OR Books in 2024. The novel is loosely based on her parents’ story but set in an earlier era, just before India’s Partition India and Israeli statehood.
Her work has been recognized by the Peter Heinegg Literary Award, the Café Royal Cultural Foundation, a Kirby-Mewshaw fellowship at Civitella Ranieri, and a fellowship at Yaddo. She was the founding managing editor of A Public Space, launched and edited Glossolalia for PEN America to publish writing from traditionally underrepresented languages, and was executive nonfiction editor for Guernica. She publishes poetry, essays, and criticism for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, The Notre Dame Review, American Poetry Review, and A Public Space.